North-east panto group marks 10 years with gala event for kids’ charity

A North-east theatre group is celebrating its 10th anniversary by holding a special gala panto event to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Inverurie Panto Group is hosting a performance of its festive show to mark the milestone and raise funds in aid of the ARCHIE Foundation.

For its anniversary year, the group is revisiting its first stage production of Cinderella, and the gala night will be a black-tie event for sponsors, past supporters and special guests.

All 360 stall tickets for the performance, being held at Inverurie Town Hall on December 8, will be given to the ARCHIE Foundation to sell to supporters at a discounted price, with all profits going to the charity.

Mackie’s has also agreed not to invoice the panto for any of the ice cream bought at the gala performance, with money from every sale going directly to ARCHIE.

Keith Donaldson, 43, the show’s producer, said: “We raise money for charities every year.

“In previous years we’ve raised about £50,000 for local charities. It’s the cast and crew that suggest the charity. This year, the idea came from one of my friends who recently started working for the ARCHIE Foundation.”

The cast of Inverurie Panto also plan to raise funds by posing for photos with the audience in full costume at the end of the show, and all proceeds from that collection will also go to the charity.


The production will run for 20 shows starting December 9 until December 24. Tickets for the gala show on December 8 are available from The ARCHIE Foundation Office inside the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital or by calling 01224 559559.